Garden Notes

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The smaller clivia seems to have finally taken to repotting – second year in a row, it’s bloomed again in March.

My seedlings are doing pretty well.     With them starting out so well with the heat mats, I think I’ll start them a little later next year.  Some of them are getting a little leggy, so I’ve put a fan on them (intermittently) to hopefully harden them up a bit.

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Garden Notes

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One of my clivia is finally blooming – for the first time in about five years, I think.   I’d really missed them – it’s such a nice sign of things to come this time of year.

In other news, my seedlings are doing really well – I need to get a bunch of them into bigger pots this weekend.    The new grow light seems to be doing well.   It’s one of those smancy LEDs with only the blue and red lights, so it photographs horrifically, but the seedlings under it seem to be happy.

Indoor Garden

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I did a little movement with the houseplants this week, so it seemed a good time for a status check.

Things mostly seem fine after the summer vacation and repotting I was forced into by an infestation last winter.    About the only thing that really changed is that I can no longer keep the smaller peace lily on the radiator.   It’s just drying out at the drop of a hat.     I wonder if I should have put it in a bigger pot.   So I may need to attend to that when it warms up.

I also moved the snake plant over to the front window this weekend.    I’m considering getting a big statement plant to replace it in that corner of the dining room.    I’d rather have something that’s big on top, rather than sending over leaves that enjoy falling right in the walking path to the living room.

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And finally, my father asked me for a cutting of the Grammie begonia a couple years ago at this point.    And I can’t seem to get any to root in potting soil.    So I’m trying several in water.    Let’s see if that does anything…

The Indoor Garden

My Grammie begonia (so named because the original slip came to us from my mother’s mother), is actually blooming.   It’s a foliage begonia, and I’ve only had one bloom one other year for me (in the ten years I’ve had one in the house – this one is a slip of the older one that originally bloomed).    I assume they probably bloom just as often in their native habitat as the begonias we buy for the flowers, but it’s different enough here for a special notice.

Garden Notes


My favorite bulbs – grape hyacinths (muscari) – are out. I even have a white one this year, though of course, I can’t get it to photograph correctly. I’ll have to try again if it manages to survive the next couple days of rainy weather.

I have no idea why I love these guys so much, but I lust after all the interesting varieties I see in catalogs. I tried doing them in containers one year, but they didn’t work out very well, so I’m stuck planting them in my hypothetical garden beds for the hypothetical house I’ll buy some day.


This weekend, I began my grand gardening experiment for the year – vegetables! The planter on the right has mesclun mix, and the planter on the left has a radish mix, both of which I bought from the Cook’s Garden. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. I figured containers were small scale enough I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if nothing comes of them.



My other fun gardening task this weekend was repotting my extremely potbound peace lily. The poor thing had gotten to the point where it was wilting in less than a week after I’d watered it. Getting it out of the pot showed why. I didn’t even have to try very hard to get it out. It was all root.

It’s happily resettled into two different pots, and seems much happier now.